About the films and speaker David Dibosa
From Left To Night
(2015) is an experimental film production in which a number of seemingly unconnected players, places, events, subjects and histories, drawn from a complex London neighbourhood—an area of deprivation bordered by the wealthiest sites of the city—meet through a two day film shoot: five people, three locations, and the different subjects and forms of knowledge, which they bring with them. These range from urban tensions, such as unresolved histories of the 2011 London riots, to new feminist and racial theories, music videos, 1960s idealist architecture and the personal ways in which each of the protagonists relates to these. The film was commissioned by The Showroom, London.
Bete & Deise
(2012) stages an encounter between two women in a building under construction in Rio de Janeiro. Actress Bete Mendes and Baile funk singer Deise Tigrona have—each in their own way—given meaning to the idea of a public voice. Together these women talk about the use of their voice and their positions in the public sphere, allowing for the contradictions they each carry within themselves to surface. Through a montage that evocatively combines the voices of the women with their image, Van Oldenborgh confronts us with considerations on the relation between cultural production and politics and the potential power that is generated when public issues intersect with the personal. Bete & Deise
was commissioned as part of If I Can’t Dance’s Edition IV – Affect (2011–2012), and was shot in Capacete’s premises in Rio’s Gloria district four years ago. The film has since been presented at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, and at various institutions and festivals internationally, including a recent tour in Brazil.
Dr. David Dibosa
is the co-author of Post-Critical Museology: Theory and Practice in the Art Museum
(2013). He trained as a curator after receiving his first degree from Girton College, Cambridge. He was awarded his PhD in Art History from Goldsmiths, University of London, for a thesis titled, ‘Reclaiming Remembrance: Art, Shame and Commemoration’. During the 1990s, David curated public art projects, including In Sight In View
, a billboard project in Birmingham, as well as in a sculpture park in the West Midlands. From 2004–2008, he was Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London (UAL). He remains at UAL, where he is now Course Leader for MA Curating & Collections at Chelsea College of Arts. David has appeared in two of Wendelien van Oldenborgh
’s works, Lecture/Audience/Camera
(2008) and La Javanaise